Work and live in New Zealand permanently
Here are the visa options if you want to live
in New Zealand permanently, and your visa application will be based on
your occupation or skills.
- Skilled Migrant Category - for
people who have the skills, qualifications and experience New Zealand
- Work to Residence - for people
- are qualified in occupations
that are in demand in New Zealand, or
- have a job offer from an accredited
- have exceptional talent in sports
or the arts
Who can apply?
To be eligible for residence under SMC you
- Be 55 or under
- Be healthy
- Be of good character
- Speak English
To decide if you can apply we use a points
system. You get points for age, experience, employability and qualifications.
How to apply?
There are two steps:
- 1. You complete an Expression of Interest,
telling us about yourself, your family, your skills and your experience.
- 2. If you have enough points, we accept
your Expression of Interest, and send you an Invitation to Apply. You
complete it, and return it to us with your supporting documents.
The Skilled Migrant Category Points Indicator
This points indicator is a guide only. Its
sole use is for you to get an indication of whether you would qualify
for the 100 points that you need to submit an Expression of Interest.
Your final, true points score will be the one that is assessed by our
branch staff when assessing your EOI.
Can I apply under the Skilled Migrant Category?
If you want to qualify under the Skilled Migrant
Category, there are some requirements you must meet.
You can include your partner and dependent
children in your application, but you all have to meet these standards.
- Health: You must be healthy. If
you are invited to apply for residence, you and your family will have
to be assessed by an approved doctor.
- Character: You and your family
must be of good character. We don't allow some people who have committed
serious crimes to come to New Zealand.
- English language: You and your
family will need to meet a certain level of ability in spoken and written
English. See 'Find out more', below.
- Occupational registration: If
you need occupational registration and do not have it, you will not
be able to work in your chosen occupation under the Skilled Migrant
English language requirements
Everyone included in your Skilled Migrant
Category application will have to meet our minimum standards of English.
The standard that the principal applicant must meet is different to the
standard his/her partner and children must meet.
For the principal applicant (the person making
the application) the minimum standard of English is an International English
Language Testing Systems (IELTS) certificate, with an overall band score
of 6.5 or better in the General or Academic modules. The certificate must
be less than two years old.
However, you may not have to take the IELTS test, if you can show us that
- Have a recognised qualification
from a course taught entirely in English
- Have ongoing skilled employment
in New Zealand, and have been in the job for at least the last 12 months
- Have other evidence that you are
competent in English - we will consider the evidence that you provide.
Partners and children
Everyone else included in the application
who is aged 16 and over must also meet a minimum standard of English.
We accept the following proof of ability:
- A recognised qualification from
a course taught entirely in English.
- You are in ongoing skilled employment
in New Zealand, and have been for at least 12 months
- You have sufficient schooling
- Primary and at least three years'
- Five years' secondary schooling,
- Tertiary course of at least
three years' length.
- You have sufficient schooling
- You have certain secondary certificates
with passes in English classes.
- You have a recent IELTS certificate
with an overall band score of 5 or better in the General or Academic
In all cases, we may still require an IELTS
You may be able to claim points for your previous
work experience. However, your experience must be relevant. It must be:
- In the same field as your recognised
- In the same field as your current
employment in New Zealand/your offer of skilled employment in New Zealand
Another way you can get points for your work
experience is if the work experience required, or helped you gain, specialist,
technical, or management skills and experience. Those skills and experience
must be relevant to an occupation that may be considered skilled employment.
We have a range of family categories to help
partners, dependent children and parents of New Zealand citizens or residents
to come to live in New Zealand.
Living in New Zealand
New Zealand welcomes new migrants - people
who will contribute to our country by bringing valuable skills or qualifications,
setting up a business, or making a financial investment. These include
people applying under the following categories.
- Skilled Migrant Category
- Business and investment categories
We also offer opportunities for family reunification
by allowing residents and citizens to sponsor family members for residence.